NRPA Research's Key Findings in 2018


2018 has been a productive year for the NRPA Research Team, with new reports and resources that help park and recreation professionals be more productive and give them the ability “Make the Case” for greater and more steady funding. This session will review the key findings of this year’s reports; including, those from Park Metrics, the Economic Impact of Local Parks and Americans’ Engagement with Parks. The presenters also will highlight some best practices on how to use these resources at your agency.

Kevin Roth, PhD

Vice President of Research and Professional Development, National Recreation and Park Association

Kevin leads NRPA's collection and dissemination of data and insights for the park and recreation field. This includes setting NRPA's research agenda with 2 primary areas of focus: collection of performance benchmarks and development of key insights that make the case for increased funding support of park and recreation agencies through the lens of NRPA's three pillars: Conservation, Health and Wellness, and Social Equity.

Kevin A. Roth joined NRPA in 2015 as Vice President of Research. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and insights for NRPA members and to support NRPA's strategic goals and tactics.

Kevin has served in research functions in the nonprofit association space for two decades, including leading research at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and running survey research activities at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a PhD in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Melissa May

Senior Research Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

Melissa came to the NRPA research team in 2015 with a background in environmental planning, GIS, and flood plain analysis. At NRPA, Melissa helps with producing surveys and reports, as well as, creating interactive graphics that accompany all studies and poll results, including the annual Field Report, NRPA Park Pulse, and the Americans' Engagement with Parks Survey.

Kevin Brady

Senior Evaluation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

Kevin is in charge of measuring the quality and impact of NRPA’s programs aiming to strengthen conservation, community health, and social equity nationwide.

With 10 years of experience evaluating nonprofit programs in the D.C. area, Kevin is a member of the American Evaluation Association, holds a Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Syracuse University.  Prior to working at NRPA, Kevin led evaluation for the Partnership for Public Service. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia and worked on the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort in and around New Orleans. 

Daniel Espada

Research Analyst, National Recreation and Park Association

Daniel Espada is a Research Analyst with the National Recreation and Park Association. He received his Master's degree in GIS from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has been with NRPA since 2012 working with the research team on various projects including enhancements to the PRORAGIS system. PRORAGIS is an online database designed to assist park and recreation professionals in the effective management and planning of their resources and facilities. Mr. Espada's technical experience extends from performing spatial analysis, managing geodatabases, and maintaining and editing geospatial data. His research interests include demographic, transportation, and sustainability mapping


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10/11/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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